The sixth of February saw the start of the latest new enterprise in Main Street: Janet and Nick opened up their "Sun, Sea and Sandwiches" facility opposite the Post Office. Offerings include breakfasts, pies, quiches, sandwiches, toasties, panini, and wraps, all with a wide choice of fillings. Hot and cold drinks include soups, smoothies, milkshakes and coffees. And they're all available from 8.00 am Monday to Friday (9.00 am on Saturdays) until 2.30 pm.
BUOYS GIVEN THEIR MIDWINTER SERVICE
The 30th of January saw the Trinity House Vessel GALATEA (details here) zooming to and fro servicing the marker buoys around the Farne Islands, and the invisible rocks in particular.
NOT JUST A SUMMER RESORT!
The last Sunday morning in January saw an unusual concentration of folk along Seahouses south beach, extending down to Annstead, Beadnell and beyond. In addition to the 'regulars' - the golfers on the greens and fairways above the cliffs - there was a generous sprinkling of anglers from Amble Sea Angling Club spread along the edges of the sands and rocks. Jack had already proved successful in his first club competition.
COULD YOU BE A "SIEVol"?
Unfortunately the Council does not have enough of our money to keep on top of all the jobs that really need to be done to keep Seahouses the pleasant, economically viable village that we've come to love.
• When summer vegetation along the old railway line dies down, lo and behold, bottles, cans and all kinds of plastic litter are revealed - ready for collection and disposal.
• In fortunately very few cases rubbish has actually been dumped in out-of-the-way corners.
• Nature keeps on growing, so there come times when a bit of trimming needs to be done and it's nobody's designated job to get it done.
• Our south of the village potential woodland walk, at Quarryfield, is happily used by the local children for making dens: but they're not very conscientious at clearing up afterwards.
• Various public bodies have, over the years, spent our money establishing trees and green spaces around our public fringes: but it seems that maintenance is now rather long overdue.
Any group setting about being helpful finds itself mired in the requirements of insurance, public liability, health and safety. But private individuals can act independently. However, some jobs are a lot easier if done in pairs or threes so there could well be advantages in those independent individuals getting to know who the other independent individuals are! They could all be "Seahouses Individual Environmental Volunteers" - SIEVols. The Council's Local Services will dispose of rubbish collected and placed close to any roadway. If YOU could, at some times, for some jobs, be a "SIEVol" please let firstname.lastname@example.org know.
SCHOOLS ORGANISATION CONSULTATION MEETING
The cold, wet evening of January the fourteenth saw a full turnout of concerned folk in the main hall at Seahouses Middle School, keen to be involved in the consideration of local schools organisation. Arranged by the Department of Education and Skills of the County Council as Local Authority, it was a "Consultation Meeting" designed to explain options and gather responses. The initial illustrated explanatory address was followed by what proved to include some animated reactions, largely expressing support for a status quo resolution. But the consultation period continues until the 11th of March: the main channel of communication is now via the lower half of the special web page.
SEAHOUSES PORCELAIN MUGS
A new addition has been made to the range of Seahouses-specific goods on sale around the village. Elegant white porcelain mugs bear an imprint of a fully active harbour against a background of the grass slope and the actual 'sea houses' of Harbour Road and Crewe Street. Supplies are available from "Drift" at number 20 and "Polka Dot" opposite at 29 Main Street.
SEAHOUSES TEA TOWEL FOR SALE AROUND THE VILLAGE
For the first time ever, so far as we can learn, there is now a purpose-designed SEAHOUSES TEA TOWEL. Rather larger than your average kitchen accessory, it measures 20" wide and 30" long. Photographic images show a boat trip "To the Farne Islands and Holy Island"; "North Beach"; "Thrift"; "Busy harbour in the centre of the village"; "Orchid"; "Smoke-house kippers"; "Fresh sea food" lobster; "Angler boat"; "Countryside too" across farmland to the Cheviots; "Beach rides"; "South beach"; "Railway walk"; and "RNLB Grace Darling".
Stockists include Drift and Polka Dot in the Main Street centre of the village; Swallow Fish in South Street just off the Coast Walk route; and the Tourist Information Centre on the main car park. The concensus indicates a retail price of £4.99 each.
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